Rotary Club of West Lakes
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Agenda - 14 November

meeting #2407



6:30 pm

RCWL Invocation

Chair: Charles

"We are proud members of Rotary International where we can serve our community and those needing help across the world.  We enjoy meeting together for meals and mutual service in the convivial company of other Rotarians and guests."
Record of Attendance
Guests: Melanie Tate from Puddle Jumpers
Toast to the People of Australia -  Charles
International Toast -  Peter Shaw
Heads & Tails - Brian White
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Secretary Report - Lyn
  • Christmas dinner on Tuesday 19 December @ Largs Pier Hotel
    $55/head (members/partners)
    $75/head non Club members
    Payment details with name:
    BSB 105 142
    Acc 532 006 340
    RCWL Admin Account
Treasurer report - Len
  • Nothing new to report this week
Club Image & Communications - Scott
  • Our new signage is ready to be collected. Thank you to Andrew for organising it.
Coming up
  • Continue taking photos to document our community involvement and projects.
To do
  • Any ideas from members gratefully received
  • Social media pages to be updated 
Community & Fundraising report - Ros
  • "Kids at the Lake" mostly organised now with sponsors & activities locked in. 
Coming up
  • Next Carousel 2 & 3 December
    Summer shift will start 
    2.0 - 2.5h shifts (11:00 to 21:30)
  • next Bunnings BBQ Monday 4 December with HeartKids
To do
  • Christmas Fun for Kids - Sunday 10 December
  • Confirmation of all duties for the 10 Dec Christmas event to be finalised by end of November. Please register in Events Folder.
  • Committee meeting for 'Kids at the Lake' Christmas event will take place on Sunday 3 December at Jane's home - 20 Bali Court - 11.00am
  • Accommodation for 2024 District Conference @ Loxton - Please register in Events folder
International report - Andrew
  • The DeGaris' are currently scoping out a RCWL tour of the Grand Canyon!
  • Pity that only 2 members could attend 
  • May be better when the exchange rate changes and the temperature gets warmer (was -10C overnight)
  • Liaising with Rotary Club of Austin Westlake for a visit next Friday. 
Coming up
  • District DIK (RARE) event this Sun 19 November - DG Craig will be cooking the BBQ. Please register in Events Folder.
To do
  • End Polio Now fundraising
Vocation & Environment - Alison
Nothing new to report this week
Coming up
Update on Frederick Miller Community Garden:
  • Planning to help them build furniture using the Grange Jetty sleepers - possibly March.
  • Encourage all members to come see the garden and what this community group have planned.
  • Rotary BBQ is an option to create more Rotary club awareness
  • Good community vibe and our members will be able to see where our donation is going to be used as well as help them continue to evolve the garden.
  • Barry's proposed plan to help the Lions Club provide assistance to those in need by repurposing unwanted eyeglasses would be a great way for our Rotary Club to support a good cause and work with the Lions Club to make it a reality.
To do
  • follow-up on Watchhouse Wardrobes
Youth report - Robin
  • Dianne Parcell Awards dates are in the Folder. 
    Please see either Denis or Tracey to confirm your attendance at either of these award ceremonies. 
  • The award of $500 is for students that have actively endeavoured to become better and shown significant improvement in their educational outcomes during 2023. 
  • In addition to that, the student would be one who has also contributed to the life of the school through a range of projects and demonstrated both a commitment to the school and to their own studies.
  • West Lakes Shore School 2023 Year 6 Graduation. Presenters: Professor Denis Ralph and one other volunteer. The Graduation ceremony will be held at the Christian Family Centre at 185 Frederick Rd, Seaton on Thursday 7th of December. Doors open 6:15 for 6:30 start.
  • Westport Primary School 2023 Year 6 Graduation. Presenters: Tracey Bartholomew and Jane English. The Graduation ceremony will be held on Friday 8th December at the Christian Family Centre.
Coming up
  • Welcome Event invitation for National Youth Science Forum - being held on Sun 19 November. Denis will be attending this event.
  • Outbound Youth Exchange - Abby O'Brien (ITALY)
    Abby will come and practice her speaking to us on Tuesday 12 December

To do

  • Youth Safari BBQ request - Saturday 24th February @ West Beach Big4 Caravan Park. Details closer to date.
Program (please refer to Calendar)
  • 14 November: Puddle Jumpers (recipient of Christmas Raffle)
  • 14 November: Induction of new members Bill Singleton, Steve Hay, Brian McDonald and Bob Close.
  • 25 November: Club BBQ to assist Semaphore Surf Lifesaving Club
Other Business - various
  • Nomination forms for 2024/25 available
Club visits or notices from visiting Rotarians

6:30 pm

dinner & fellowship


7:20 pm

guest speaker:

Melanie Tate - Puddle Jumpers

7:50 pm

President Rosie

Club AGM on 28 November
- nominations open for Board positions
Sergeants session
Wrap up and close

the four way test

of the things we think, say or do

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

RI Theme:

Rotary Foundation Month



7  November - Andrew
14 November - Charles
21 November -  Peter
28 November - Ken
Upcoming Events
RCWL weekly meeting
Bartley Hotel
Nov 14, 2023 6:30 PM
RCWL weekly meeting
Bartley Hotel
Nov 21, 2023 6:30 PM
RCWL weekly meeting
Bartley Hotel
Nov 28, 2023 6:30 PM
Carousel December
Dec 02, 2023 11:00 AM –
Dec 03, 2023 5:00 PM
Bunnings BBQ December
Dec 04, 2023
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
West Lakes Shore BBQ
Dec 05, 2023 2:00 PM
West Lakes Shore School breakup BBQ
West Lakes Shore School
Dec 05, 2023
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Christmas Fun for Kids
Neighbourhood Reserve
Dec 10, 2023
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
RCWL weekly meeting
Bartley Hotel
Dec 12, 2023 6:30 PM
View entire list
Nov 14, 2023
Puddle Jumpers
Nov 21, 2023
Club Assembly
Nov 28, 2023
Dec 12, 2023
Youth Exchange Student - practice
Jan 16, 2024
Jan 30, 2024
Women's Safety Services SA
View entire list
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ros De Garis
November 2
Join Date
Alan Raggatt
November 1, 1986
37 years
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DeGaris Holiday News
Andrew and Ros arrived safely in the US and have been scoping out a RCWL tour of the Grand Canyon. Maybe it will be better when the exchange rate is more favourable and the temperature warmer (-10C at night). They will be liaising with the Rotary Club of Austin Westlake for a visit next Friday. 

Melbourne Cup at the Carousel 7 November
Last Tuesday, our Rotary club celebrated the Melbourne Cup in style at the Carousel! We teamed up with the Henley Beach Rotary Club to create an enjoyable evening of fellowship. There was a sweep on three races, plenty of delicious pizzas, and some friendly competition between members. It was a wonderful reminder of the strong bond that unites us all in Rotary.
Rotary Walk - No to Domestic Violence
RCWL AGM - 28 November

Club By-laws stipulate that our AGM has to be held in November


  • Select President Elect, President Nominee and Board for the following year (2024-25)
  • Review audited accounts for past year
  • Raise any issues that require alteration of By-laws
  • Incorporated bodies have to have an AGM

Nomination forms available from President Rosie

***If you want a say in how the Club is run, then join the Board***

A healthy Club will have:
  • a robust succession plan
  • engaged members willing to join the Board
  • members willing to assist the President for their "year in the sun"
***If you want a say in how the Club is run, then join the Board***
This link will take you to the Nomination formwink
End Polio in the World
  • This year, 24 October was World Polio Day, a chance to raise awareness and resources to help deliver a polio-free world in the very near term. 
    If you would like to make a personal, voluntary donation towards the effort, we would invite you to contribute via Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign, a key partner alongside WHO and others in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
    Each donation made to Rotary’s End Polio Now effort is matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to maximise its effect. As such, if you give US$10 to the effort, as an example, the amount becomes US$30, and with that, 60 children will be vaccinated in the remaining affected countries. Thank you for everything that you do! We wish you a very successful World Polio Day!
  • The Global Polio Eradication Initiative would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Professor Rose Leke for receiving the 2023 Virchow Prize for Global Health, for her outstanding contributions to advancing global health, including polio eradication. Professor Leke is the Chair of the Africa Regional Certification Commission and member of the Global Commission for Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (GCC).

Wild Polio Virus (WPV) is only endemic in 2 countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan

- number of cases are diminishing
- surveillance and vaccination is increasing, despite geopolitical issues
You could be part of a team that eradicated the second disease from the planet! Smallpox was declared gone in 1980, and has not been seen since!

RI history
In 1979 Rotary International started a multi-year project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines.  

In 1988, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio – to achieve its permanent reduction to zero, with no risk of reintroduction –  and in the same year, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched. 

The Assembly’s work towards this milestone was complemented by the efforts of Rotary International, who wanted to keep the momentum of smallpox eradication going to ensure that no child was unnecessarily paralysed for life ever again.

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all children get polio vaccine to protect against polio, or poliomyelitis, as part of the series of routine childhood vaccines. Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) is given by shot in the leg or arm, depending on the patient’s age. Oral polio vaccine (OPV) is used in other countries.
CDC recommends that children get four doses of polio vaccine.
Most adults in the developed world have been vaccinated as children and are therefore likely to be protected from getting polio. In general, unless there are specific reasons to believe they were not vaccinated, most adults who were born and raised in the developed world can assume they were vaccinated for polio as children.
Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated adults who are at increased risk of exposure to poliovirus (see below) should receive and complete their polio vaccination series with IPV. Other adults who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated should talk with their doctor to understand their risk for polio and need for polio vaccination. Adults who completed their polio vaccination but who are at increased risk of exposure to poliovirus may receive one lifetime IPV booster.

Injectable (IPV) v Oral (OPV)
A second type of polio vaccine, the oral polio vaccine (OPV) was developed by physician and microbiologist Albert Sabin.
Sabin’s vaccine was live-attenuated (using the virus in weakened form) and could be given orally, as drops or on a sugar cube. 

The ease of administering the oral vaccine made it the ideal candidate for mass vaccination campaigns

- OPV had an added benefit that paved the road to eradication. While IPV protected the vaccinated child, it did not stop the poliovirus from spreading between children. 

- OPV, on the other hand, interrupted the chain of transmission, meaning that this was a powerful vaccine to stop polio outbreaks in their tracks.

We now know that in areas with poor sanitation and low vaccination rates, a circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (cVDPV) can arise, which can cause paralysis. Fortunately this can be easily prevented by increasing the vaccination dose rates in such areas.

This is why continuing vigilance is imperative to ensure that Polio is eradicated.




Rotary SA Centenary
Let's celebrate a century of Rotary in South Australia with lunch on the 4th of February 2024 at the William Magarey Room, Adelaide Oval.

This very special lunch will be a celebration of the people of Rotary, Rotaract and Interact that have made up the rich and diverse tapestry of Rotary in South Australia and the current District 9510. Guests will include members past and present from around Australia and the world. Everyone is invited to come and hear about the story of Rotary in South Australia.

The event will be held 100 years to the day from when the first Rotary Club in South Australia, the Rotary Club of Adelaide was officially chartered by Rotary International on 4 February 1924. This was the start of the Rotary movement in South Australia.

Today there are around 2,200 Rotary, Rotaract and Interact members in over 90 Clubs across South Australia and District 9510.

 What you can expect

  • Amazing guests and speakers
  • Dynamic entertainment
  • Magnificent food
  • Fabulous company
  • A Rotary experience on a grand scale

Please register by Sunday 28 January 2024. Unfortunately no late bookings will be accepted.

$80.00 includes a 2 course meal, coffee, tea, guest speakers and entertainment. Drinks are at own cost and available from the bar. Adelaide Oval is a cashless venue, so card payments only. 

Rotary centenary merchandise will be available for purchase.

2024 District Conference
Why not make it a club Event, book early and plan.
15-17 March, 2024 @ Loxton
2023-24 Club Committees
Community & Fundraising:
Ros De Garis (D), Gary West, Stephanie Thorpe, Brian White, Ted Manka, Yvonne Wilson, Jane English
Robin Weissel (D), Brian Thomas, Susan Kendle, Denis Ralph, Sue Lockwood
Club Image & Communications:
Scott Anderson (D), Rosie Erasmus, Lyn Grant, Neil Butler, Jean Mailey
International & Foundation: 
Andrew De Garis (D), Charles Camilleri, Alan Raggatt, Peter Shaw, Len Loechel, Ken Parcell.
Vocational & Environment:
Alison Howlett (D), Barry Dixon, Barbara Hay, Brenda Butler, Kevern Kendle, Tracey Bartholomew.
Rosie Erasmus
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Members on leave
- Ros & Andrew
Meals on Wheels
Port Adelaide Kitchen Roster
(Member to confirm attendance by 9.00 am on the day of their roster by calling 08 8447 5171)
Monday 20 NovLen Loechel
Monday 4 DecKen Parcell
Monday 18 DecYvonne Wilson

2024 Roster - refer to Len

Meeting Chair - Committees

November:     International & Foundation

December:     Youth

January:        tbc

February:      tbc

March:           tbc

- banners (pre & post meeting)
- name tags
Meet and greet Guest Speaker, arrange for introduction, introduce to other members
- Arrange meal for Guest speaker, cost to the RCWL account (so that Len can pay later on)
Chair meeting
- manage timeliness
- organise meal delivery
Arrange Sergeant At Arms
Liaise with President to close meeting.
Executives & Directors
Public Officer
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Community Service
Child Protection Officer
Youth Service
Club Image
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Bulletin Editor
Fundraising & Special Events
Vocational & Environment

City of Charles Sturt

Beyond Bank

Adelaide Brighton Cement

Golden North

Olgas Fine Foods

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